25 ways to make extra money on the weekends

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It’s always good to have a little extra money, whether that’s because you need a bit more to cover your usual outgoings, or you want to save up for a one off expense such as a holiday. Learning how to make money on the weekends is the perfect way to boost your budget by supplementing your income.

There are so many money making opportunities and good weekend jobs out there that there’s sure to be something to suit everyone!

As always, if you do start making extra money at the weekends, you’ll need to make sure to keep track of your income so you can keep on top of your tax returns. For some of these work from home roles you may need to register as self employed and declare your income.

25 Best Weekend Jobs for Extra Money

1. Food delivery driving

Young male pizza delivery driver standing in front of car holding pizza boxes

A really common way to make extra money on the weekends is becoming a delivery driver. You can apply for delivery jobs at individual restaurants or takeaways, or choose to sign up as an UberEats or Deliveroo driver. With these programmes you can set your own availability – whether that’s just an hour or two, or a whole weekend.

You can get paid within 48 hours too! It’s easy to sign up, and you’ll just need to provide details of your vehicle insurance and driving licence. If you want to deliver via bicycle, you’ll need to provide photo ID.

2. Uber or Lyft driver

Similarly, you can earn money at the weekend by becoming a rideshare driver. With services such as Uber and Lyft, you can set your own hours and work when you like, putting those spare weekend hours to good money making use.

You’ll need a vehicle that meets the requirements – usually a 2006 or newer vehicle is good condition. 

With Uber, you can choose your own working times to fit around your life and their app will provide you with easy directions as you drive.

3. Teaching English

You don’t have to be a qualified teacher to start teaching English in your spare time. There are a number of websites you can sign up to and become an English language tutor online. These websites connect people wanting to learn and practice their English skills with native speakers. 

Once registered, you can set out your preferred times of work and will usually get paid a set hourly fee for your time. 

A good example of somewhere you can apply for virtual English teaching work is Cambly. They don’t require any previous teaching experience, you can choose to tutor at any time of day and work as much or as little as you want. You’re paid just over $10 an hour, once a week to PayPal, making it a great way to make money on the weekends.

4. Hospitality work

Hospitality venues such as bars and restaurants are often busiest at the weekends, meaning they may need extra weekend staff. If you’re sociable and don’t mind spending a lot of time on your feet, why not look for a weekend gig in hospitality – see if any venues near you are taking on.

5. Tour guide

Female tour guide leading tour of 6 young people taking photographs

Do you live in or near a popular tourist destination? If so, chances are there a companies offering tours that might be on the lookout for more local tour guides and willing to take on weekend staff. This could be a fun and active way to make extra cash.

6. Surveys

Taking online surveys is an easy way to make a little extra money during the weekends. While it wont pay much, the upside is that you can do them whenever you like with no commitments. It’s not a good way to make reliable income, but it is an easy way to save up some cash or gift cards for extra expenses such as Christmas and birthdays.

This is also a good one for teens looking to make money online.

There are tons of different survey sites out there, but a couple of good ones to try are Prolific and Swagbucks.

Read more: Best online survey sites to make money

7. Sell handmade crafts

If you’re crafty, setting up your own home business selling handmade arts or crafts can be a fun and fulfilling way to bring in extra income. You can choose to sell through your own website or Facebook page, or use a dedicated platform such as Etsy. The benefits of using something like Etsy are that you can reach an already massive audience of potential customers.

A similar option to selling crafts is to sell designs for Print on Demand services, such as Amazon Merch, Teespring, Printful and similar. This is where you create and upload designs for things such as T-shirts, mugs, tote bags and lots of other such products. When people choose your design, the POD company prints and ships the product and sends you a commission. 

This is a great way to make passive income, as once you’ve created the designs you can just sit back and wait for commissions. Of course, the more designs you create the more chances you have of making more sales.

Read more: How one SAHM makes a full time income selling resin crafts

8. Blogger

Starting a blog isn’t a way to make money quickly, but over time it can become a good way to bring in extra income, as you can work on it flexibly in your spare time, such as weekends. Bloggers make money through affiliate marketing, display advertising and sponsored work, so there are a few different ways to monetise a blog. This is especially good for those that enjoy writing, or are particularly knowledgeable about a specific subject.

Read more: How to make money blogging

9. Sell unwanted items

Garage sale sign surround by items such as books, suitcases, guitar and clothing

If you’re simply looking for some quick cash rather than an ongoing job, having a declutter and selling your unwanted stuff is an easy option. You can choose to sell online using platforms such as Facebook market place, eBay, Gumtree and similar, or alternatively you can try in person sales at car boot sales or holding your own yard sale.

Read more: Our ultimate guide on selling clothes for cash

10. Reseller

Following on from selling your own stuff, if you’ve got a good eye for what sells well, you could try your hand a reselling. Spend your weekends scouring the charity shops and second hand marketplaces for great bargains, then sell them on for a profit.

11. Sell feet pics

Bit of a strange one, but if you think you have nice feet, you can make money selling feet pics. Sites like Feet Finder and InstaFeet are a good place to start, although there are lots of options available. Some people have even managed to replace their full time income simply selling photos of their feet! Who knew you could make money on the weekend while you put your feet up?

12. Sell used shoes

Following on from selling feet photos – you can also make extra money selling used shoes. Even if they’re super worn and smelly, there’s still a market out there. Why not take advantage and make some money from those shoes you thought were only good for the bin? Here’s how one seller makes money selling used shoes.

13. Freelancing

Freelancing gives you the opportunity to set your own work time, so it’s a great way to make money on the weekends. Whether you’re a great copywriter, transcriber, graphic designer, data enterer or bookkeeper, there is plenty of work available for freelancers, so whatever your skill, why not put it to good use?

You can find freelancing work on sites such as Fiverr and Upwork.

14. Babysitting

Smiling female babysitter, sitting holding smiling baby

You can bet there’s more than a few parents desperate for a night out on their own at the weekend, and willing to pay for a babysitter. If you have childcare or babysitting experience, you can try advertising your services locally as a babysitter or join childcare job websites that operate in your region.

15. Petsitting

Ditto with petsitting – if people are looking to head away for the weekend they might be looking for someone to take care of their pets while they’re away. If you’re an animal lover, becoming a pet sitter might be a fun and profitable way to spend your weekends.

16. Photography

If you’re great behind a camera and confident in your ability to get a good shot, you could try advertising your services as a weekend photographer. Weddings, christenings, family parties and so on often happen on the weekend, so it could be a good opportunity to scoop up some extra cash.

17. Weekend job in retail 

Another option is simply to try and get a weekend job to earn extra money. Retail is a good place to look as they will often employ weekend only staff.

18. Clean cars

Hand holding soapy yellow sponge washing red car wing mirror

A classic side hustle, cleaning cars is a simple way to bring in extra cash. It does require energy, hard work and a bit of hustle – but going door to door in your neighbourhood offering your services could bring in some extra weekend cash. This may be extra effective for kids and teens!

19. Online tasks

You can earn money in your spare time by completing tasks. You can do this by joining a microtask website such as Clickworker or Taskrabbit. These are sites that will pay you per task and you can choose to complete tasks in your own time.

Tasks involve lots of different activities and can vary from things like simple data entry to voice audio recording. With microtask sites you are able to log in whenever you like and choose to apply for whichever tasks you fancy.

20. Airbnb host

If you have a spare room in your home, you could consider becoming an Airbnb host and letting it out for weekend stays. It’s easy to sign up to become a host, just join the air bnb platform and enter your details and some photos of the room and details of facilities. Once verified you are free to set the times and dates your room is available and wait for the bookings to come in!

21. Transcribing

If you’re good at typing quickly, transcribing might be a good option for weekend work. You’ll be given audio recordings and required to type up the transcripts of what you hear. A good place to sign up as a freelance transcriptionist is Rev.com.

You can preview and choose the projects you wish to complete, making sure you’re able to complete within the required timeframe. Rev pays weekly via PayPal.

22. Be an online friend

Did you know that you can get paid to be a virtual friend? This is a great way for outgoing and sociable people to make extra money at the weekends simply by chatting online. You might be thinking I’m talking about adult work here, but that’s not the case! This is simply people looking for online companions to help fill their time with either talking, playing games, or even teaching them new skills or languages.

There are quite a few websites you can sign up to and become a virtual friend, but some popular options are Rent a friend and Rent a cyber friend.

23. Dog walker

dog one lead walking down cobbled street with female dog walker

If you love dogs and love keeping fit, becoming a dog walker is a great way to earn extra cash at the weekend! You can advertise your services on your local facebook pages as well as with physical flyers in your local area. 

If you do lots of walking at the weekends, don’t forget to double up your efforts and install a get paid to walk app – these are apps that pay you in rewards for your steps. There are lots of apps to choose from, but one of the more popular options is Sweatcoin.

24. Housesitter

Housesitting is yet another option – people going away might need someone to keep an eye on their house, water the plants, feed their pets etc. You can register to offer your services as a house sitter with sites such as Housesitter.com, who will match you up with people looking for sitters in their area.

25. Instacart shopper

Instacart is a service where people can pay to have someone pick up and deliver their groceries for them. It’s great for people looking for flexible weekend work as you can choose to shop on your own schedule.

To be eligible to work with Instacart you must be 18 years old or above, have access to a vehicle and smartphone and be able to lift 50 lbs.

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